Former Obama 'admin' official tried to convince Argentina to “provide Iran with nuclear fuel in 2010.” TheBlaze.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed during the U.N. General Assembly on Monday that a former Obama administration official attempted to convince Argentina to “provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel.”
The claim was seemingly overshadowed by President Barack Obama’s high-stakes dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The official at the center of Kirchner’s claims confirmed his trip to Argentina in a statement to TheBlaze, but also provided vital context behind his objective and a proposed fuel swap deal that he said ultimately fell apart.
For full context, read her remarks via a transcript from the Argentine president’s official website:
In 2010 we were visited in Argentina by Gary Samore, at that time the White House’s top advisor in nuclear issues. He came to see us in Argentina with a mission, with an objective: under the control of IAEA, the international organization in the field of weapons control and nuclear regulation, Argentina had supplied in the year 1987, during the first democratic government, the nuclear fuel for the reactor known as “Teheran”. Gary Samore had explained to our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Héctor Timerman, that negotiations were underway for the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease with its uranium enrichment activities or to do it to a lesser extent but Iran claimed that it needed to enrich this Teheran nuclear reactor and this was hindering negotiations. They came to ask us, Argentines, to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel. Rohani was not in office yet. It was Ahmadinejad’s administration and negotiations had already started.The allegations come at a time when the Obama administration is still under heavy scrutiny over its nuclear deal with Iran, which critics say puts the national security of the U.S. and Israel at risk.
Following the publication of this article, Samore provided a statement to TheBlaze outlining a past proposed nuclear deal that involved nations manufacturing “fresh fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for Iran shipping most of its stockpile of low enriched uranium to Russia.” Hmmmmm......Iran's 'Staunchest ally' first tried to find Uranium in 2010 for Iran and in 2011 recognized Iran's Right To Enrich Uranium. Both during Ahmadinejad's reign, High crimes and misdemeanors. Read the full story here.